NHS priorities

Whether it’s to prepare for the next Quality Payments Scheme deadline, or to increase your confidence in helping people with a learning disability, this section provides topic-specific pages that link to current NHS priorities. This section will support you in keeping your knowledge and skills up to date in order to provide high-quality pharmacy services and be service-ready.

Clinical pharmacy

Our clinical portfolio is expanding on a frequent basis, helping you to advance your knowledge and skills and deliver medicines optimisation in practice for all sectors of pharmacy. From two new focal points a year to our small group learning for hospital pharmacists – Optimise – this section focuses on clinical pharmacy, diseases and therapeutics.

Public health

The public health agenda is embedded in pharmacy, yet topics such as emergency contraception or stop smoking support are as prevalent as ever. As well as our public health workshops, use this section to access a wide range of resources to assure and maintain your competence, all underpinned by the Declaration of Competence system.

Foundation years pharmacists

Foundation pharmacist training pathway

The CPPE Foundation pharmacist training pathway aims to support early career pharmacists to develop and demonstrate competence in core areas of community pharmacy practice. Mapped to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Foundation practice framework, the programme is designed to support learners in meeting a range of competencies during the first year of their foundation training - foundation stage 1, making them better equipped to adapt and deliver safe and effective patient care.

This pathway offers a comprehensive programme of e-courses, study days, resources for self-directed study, assessment and work-based support.

Learning objectives

Students, on successful completion of the programme, will be able to:

  • use communication and consultation skills to deliver person-centred consultations
  • work with pharmacy colleagues, peers and the multidisciplinary team to develop personally and professionally
  • deliver medicines optimisation and offer high-quality, safe and cost-effective medicines support
  • support people to manage their own health, medicines and long-term conditions
  • deliver high quality community pharmacy services to meet patient need and public health priorities.

Overview of the programme

The programme is divided into six key themes that run sequentially over a 12-month period. The six modules are:

Module 1: Starting your foundation journey
Module 2: Life skills and leadership
Module 3: Consultation skills and patient-centred care
Module 4: Medicines optimisation
Module 5: Long-term conditions
Module 6: NHS and public health services

Each module has a specified set of learning outcomes, an e-learning component and a range of practice activities which are used to evaluate the pharmacist’s in-practice training. During their in-practice training, foundation pharmacists will be supported by a CPPE education supervisor.

In order to successfully complete the CPPE foundation pharmacist training pathway, foundation pharmacists must submit their portfolio and complete a record of in-training assessment (RITA) with their education supervisor. This will enable pharmacists on the Foundation pharmacist training pathway to demonstrate they have developed a range of knowledge, skills, experience and behaviours that would be expected at Stage 1 of Foundation Training. Successful pharmacists will be issued with a CPPE Foundation Pharmacist Training Pathway certificate, indicating they have completed the CPPE learning. Foundation pharmacists will be supported to formulate a learning plan to meet the remaining competencies outlined in the RPS Foundation Practice framework.

Online Training

Pharmacists completing the 12-month pathway will participate in online and self-directed learning to meet aspects of their personal development plan.

The Canvas online learning platform will be a virtual ‘classroom’ and networking site throughout the programme. Canvas login details and induction to the platform will be offered.


A strong support structure underpins the pathway learning. Support will be delivered by CPPE work-based tutors. You will be allocated your tutor once you commence on the pathway.

Education supervisor

The CPPE education supervisor is here to support you throughout the pathway. Their role will include the following activities:

  • individual support for foundation pharmacists
  • personal development planning and developmental feedback with foundation pharmacists
  • conducting work-based assessment with foundation pharmacists
  • assessment tracking during the 12-month pathway
  • offering feedback
  • providing a final sign off at the end of the pathway.

Study days

The Foundation pharmacist training pathway will include attendance at a minimum of two study days available across England as part of the existing CPPE provision.

The study days will be chosen by the tutee in discussion with their education supervisor, and be relevant to their individual learning needs.